12 Companies You Didn’t Know Offer Paid Sabbatical

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4a85bb8cf97d42919aef1806df0d8131Doesn’t it feel like employers are stingy with the paid vacation time?

You can only do so much traveling and relaxing in the standard two week time frame. And there’s nothing more frustrating than needing a longer break and feeling trapped by the responsibilities of a job.

I didn’t know employers offered an alternative until recently.




My cousin landed a pretty awesome job at Intel and he schooled me on the paid sabbatical. He’s just started with the company and is already planning the eight weeks of paid travel and family time he’ll enjoy after seven years of work. It’s great to see that some companies recognize that workers who are given longer breaks are more loyal and more effective employees overall. So I did a little more research and discovered some other companies that offer paid sabbaticals. Read on for the inside scoop.

12 Companies With Paid Sabbaticals

MeetUp: Employees who’ve worked at the company for more than seven years can take three months of paid sabbatical.

eBay: After five years of service, eBay offers employees four weeks paid time off for personal development, travel or education.

McDonald’s: Employees can take eight weeks of paid time off every 10 years of service to the company.

Charles Schwab: After a five year period of continued employment, employees can apply for 28 consecutive paid days off.

QuikTrip: Employees receive a 20 day paid sabbatical after working 25 years and every five years afterwards.

Nike: After 10 years and every five years afterwards, employees can take a five week paid sabbatical with a combination of accrued time off and contribution by Nike.

MorningStar: Every four years of continuous service employees may be given six weeks paid leave.

Hallmark: Senior staff members with more than 10 years of service can take up to six months off paid leave to explore personal passions.

American Express: Employees are given paid time off up to a year for volunteer work in community organizations. Must work with the company for at least 10 years.

Blue Cross Blue Shield: One associate per year awarded paid leave to work for a non-profit full time for three to six months.

Mens’ Wearhouse: Employees receive three additional paid weeks off every five years of service.

Container Store: After 10 years of service, employees receive two round trip tickets to a location within the U.S., $1,000, and an extra week off.

Does your employer offer a sabbatical?

Most of the companies that made this list are fairly large, but smaller companies are also reaping the benefits of giving employers some extra time off. Does your company offer an extended sabbatical or leave program that didn’t make this list? Share it with us below!

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4 Comments

  1. Dave says:

    IDEXX Laboratories, Westbrook ME. Ticker: IDXX

    Salaried employees who work there 10 years get a full month off for Personal Growth Leave, which they must take in consecutive weeks. Each 5 years afterwards results in another 30 day PGL.

  2. anon says:

    Citigroup…one of the largest and most profitable companies on the planet…no sabbatical at all.
    After 25 yrs you get a $400 Amazon gift card and 1 week addtl vacation, then back to work.
    Oh, and you get your photo on a wall…but those are usually the ones who then get laid off within the next year. Time and experience with the company is not valued.

  3. Just One says:

    Come on Cisco! Some great benefits for sure. Each employee gets 40 hours a year to volunteer for a charitable cause, phenomenal Corp Soc Responsibility etc. One thing missing is the sabbatical. They do On/Off Ramp, you can leave for one to two years, no pay and not allowed to make money while gone? What if you’ve been with the company 5/10/15 years?

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